Medievalist scholar Loren C. MacKinney spent much of his academic career at the University of North Carolina, and long before he passed away in 1963 many of his peers were quick to acknowledge his preeminence in the field of the history of medicine. MacKinney was also renowned for his impressive slide collection which documented key moments in the history of medical illustration. With funding from UNC alumnus Howard Holsenbeck, the University Libraries were able to digitize over 1,000 of these unique materials. First-time visitors will want to look closely at the rather haunting and eerie image on the site's homepage, which is an illustration of two men confronting a standing skeleton. After that, they can click on the "About the Collection" section to learn more about the nature of the collection and the digitization process. Moving on, visitors can browse through the items here by illustrator, date, language, and subject. The site is rounded out by a collection of related resources including other digital collections of note and a chronological breakdown of the Middle Ages.
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